Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on May 26, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

John 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has SONY DSCis mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus in today’s gospel tells us that he has invited us to enter into a great mystery, the life of his Father. Mystery, of course, implies something that is incomprehensible. The Spirit whom Jesus is sending us is the very same Spirit who led Jesus into the desert and from the desert to the Cross. Jesus tells us the Spirit will guide us to all truth, but there are truths which repel us and paths that lead to places we don’t want to go. We might wonder if there’s a certain madness in praying for the gift of the Holy Spirit, because the Spirit is ravishing; there’s nothing pretty about the Cross; and anyone who thinks the Holy Spirit is safe hasn’t been paying attention. The Spirit is completely good; we can trust the Spirit absolutely; but the Spirit is not safe. The gift of the Holy Spirit is an immense mystery, precisely because the Spirit will ravish us, and we cannot know what the outcome will be except that we shall never be the same again. The mystery of the Trinity’s interactions in human history is the mystery of creativity, suffering, and love.

Spiritual reading:

God for Us, we call you Father.
God Alongside Us, we call You Jesus
God Within Us, we call you Holy Spirit.

You are the Eternal Mystery
That enables, enfolds, and enlivens all things.
Even us, and even me.

Every name falls short of you
Goodness and Greatness.

We can only see who You are in what is.
We ask for such perfect seeing.

As it was in the beginning, is now,
And ever shall be. Amen.

Richard Rohr, OFM

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  1. mary said, on May 6, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Who created this Father Son and Holy Spirit picture? How do I find out if it is copyrited?

    • Fr. Mike said, on May 7, 2014 at 9:25 am

      I’m sorry, but I don’t know its provenance.

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